Everything You Need to Run a Messy Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
by Lucy Moore; Jane Leadbetter
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Lucy Moore has a background in presentation and performance. The activities put together in this 'Messy' edition will really bring out the best in all participants. A great way to take your church into the community.
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Leave no-one out this Christmas - and make your Christmas activities less demanding on your own time, energy and resources. Let ‘Messy Christmas’ give you everything that’s exciting, involves everyone and delivers a creative and joyful Christmas in your church. Based in activities and lessons rich with glitter, glue, paint and potato stamps, this all in one guide to your interactive family fun Christmas brings the community into your church – and takes your church into the community.
‘Messy Church’ gives you 3 complete ‘Messy Sessions’ to build your outreach all the way through the Christmas period. Whether you run community outreach all year-round, or want to grab the best opportunity of the year, this is a treasure trove jam-packed with themed crafts for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.
Let Messy Christmas give you everything you need, inlcuding:
• Creative Christmas prayers,
• Global action suggestions,
• Seasonal games and competitions,
• Christmas food crafts,
• A wealth of seasonal craft activities.
Complete Resource for Your Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Activities and Services
Each of the 3 sessions can be spread out over the festive season so you only have to prepare and lead one each month from November to January. This means families are encouraged to back for your next fun-filled session and follow the thrilling instalments of the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany story.
Every session includes simple acts of worshipful that echo the mood and meaning of the winter months. Let these tried, tested and trustworthy art and craft experts inspire and energise you to lead families in your communities towards the real significance and joyous wonder of the Christmas story.
Three complete Messy Church sessions for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, together with a wealth of creative activities and crafts to extend the range of excitingly messy activities for your Messy Church.
Sections include creative Christmas prayers, global action suggestions, games and competitions, Christmas food crafts and many other ideas to take you on into the New Year.
Planning grid for Messy Church
1. Advent Messy Church
2. Christmas Messy Church
3. Epiphany Messy Church
4. Creative Christmas prayers
5. Christmas Allsorts
6. Go for a green Christmas
7. Messy activity ideas
8. Global action and justice at Christmas
9. Christmas games and competitions
10. Christmas food crafts
11. Messy Moments sheets
Index of crafts and games
"In recent years the Bible Reading Fellowship have been publishing some fantastic resources for churches to engage with children and families in worship. At the forefront of this has been Lucy Moore, who has spearheaded the phenomena that is 'Messy Church'." - Andy Goodliff, Belle Vue Baptist Church, Southend on Sea
This September sees the latest release from the Messy Church initiative Messy Christmas by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter. After the continuing success of Messy Church and last year the first Messy Nativity, Messy Christmas is sure to be a winner.
If you don’t know anything about Messy Church here’s a potted history:
In 2004 BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship) started the first Messy Church in Hampshire, the initiative has now spread like wildfire and continues to grow year on year as churches up and down the country embrace the all-age, unconventional church, in fact it is estimated that over 100,000 people now attend a Messy Church. At the forefront of this ministry are Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter who have both been involved in Ministry for many years and continue to inspire other churches with their all-inclusive resources so no matter how uncreative you are Messy Church is still for you.
SO WHO ARE THE WOMEN BEHIND MESSY CHRISTMAS?
Lucy Moore – Lucy is BRF’s Messy Church Team Leader, she is all about developing the exciting work of Messy Church in the UK and around the world. Unsurprisingly Lucy also leads Messy Church at her own church. Professional actor, storyteller, workshop leader and performer, Lucy comes into her own when it comes to creative ideas that engage and tell people about Jesus.
Jane Leadbetter – In 2010 Jane joined the Messy Church team and has teamed up with Lucy to support the rapid growth of the Messy movement. Previously Children’s Work Advisor for the Diocese of Liverpool, Jane is well equipped to bring her ideas and experience to the mix. She was also the pioneer of Messy Nativity last year, which involved knitted sheep, maps and a shopping centre, be sure to check out the other seasonal release from her Messy Nativity.
SO WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM MESSY CHRISTMAS?
Well let’s begin with what you get. Primarily, Messy Christmas is a 3 session resource to help you with creative ideas, activities, crafts, prayers, and games. The book is split into 3 topics celebrated over Christmas:
Each session is designed to engage your community with the real message of Christmas this year. The sessions are planned for you to run over a three month period once a month from November to January. The sessions include your favourite messy craft activities with a festive twist, Christmas prayers, thinking outside of our immediate surroundings and considering world issues, competition suggestions and lots of really fun games. Also includes great suggestions for making Christmas food crafts and even ideas that will keep you going until the New Year sets in.
WHO IS THE RESOURCE FOR?
Well if you are looking for something different to do this Christmas can I recommend you grab a copy of Messy Christmas, in it you will find everything you need to reach people probably at the time of year when they are most open to hearing about the Christian faith. Why not start a Messy initiative at your own church, getting creative in light of our Creator God.
Perhaps you are already one of those people who can fashion the most amazing work of art out of a few toilet rolls and an egg carton or maybe you can’t even draw a stick person and the thought of using your ‘creative’ skills makes you blush. Whoever you may be then this resource will equip you with fresh ideas, the ways and means to do them and the sheer enthusiasm for reaching people with the brilliant message of Christmas.
Brush the sand from between your toes, pack away the bunting and say goodbye to the ice cream van. The Christmas rush is about to start. Why not get one thing sorted – the dreaded Christmas children’s club planning.
Here’s 5 ways the Messy Christmas resource will help your church through the busiest, yet most pivotal time in the Christian calendar.
1. THE RESOURCE TO RULE THEM ALL
Messy Christmas is not wishy-washy watery drivel that sounds great on paper but when you give it a go everything seems boring and unconnected. The Messy Church resources should all come with a certified stamp of approval, with – not for the faint hearted – in brackets.
With 3 monthly sessions (for November, December and January) jam packed with creative ideas to guide your group through the wonder of Christmas, this resource really it the heavy weight of all Christmas resources. Of course, being the intelligent person you are, you may pick and choice whatever your group is going to engage with the most (and which one’s your volunteers can cope with).
If you’re looking for an easy ride, Messy Christmas probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking something that will get your community genuinely interested in the Christmas story – talking with Christians, engaging with spirituality, whole families having fun and asking exciting questions – Messy Christmas is for you.
2. TRIED, TESTED, AND TOTALLY TERRIFIC
In 2004 the ideas for Messy Church emerged when a group at St Wilfrid's near Portsmouth were getting annoyed because their church weren’t reaching kids with God’s story. It’s the age old problem, people like Jesus but don’t like what the church offers.
So sprouting out of Jane Leadbetter’s mind grew an idea: to engage the imagination of all ages by enthusing story, craft and community. And the rest is history. Messy Church has taken Britain by storm, and has even spread into 12 other countries.
Chances are you’ve heard of Messy Church. And there’s a good reason for it, because when good ideas become wonderful projects people soon want to join with its success (and the fun too).
3. JOIN A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY
When you buy a children’s resource you get an organized expert in children’s work who you’ve never met tell you want you should do. I don’t know about you, but sometimes this really annoys me.
But Messy Church doesn’t want to be a faceless dictatorship; they are striving to a community. On their website you can register your group, access other leaders’ ideas and share your own. A whole community of like-minded people are waiting to teach you, learn from you and encourage you through the stresses of leadership.
4. BE ENCOURAGED BY THE CRAFT MASTER
Blogging has become the latest fad. Authors will clog up their website with what they had for breakfast, or something equally useless. The Messy Church blog is a refreshing change, in that it is actually extremely useful.
Updated weekly, the blog includes testimonials to encourage you, updates on exciting Messy Projects to inspire you, and highly useful articles that are worth your time.
5. THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BRITISH RESOURCE EVER (we think)
If you’ve never heard of Messy Church, don’t jump in head first by buying up their back catalogue. Instead we recommend looking for your nearest group and having a sneak peek.
Planning a group from scratch can be a daunting task, take up precious time and sometimes not seem worth it. So experience it first! See the smiles of children and parents, see how natural it feels and see how it engages your imagination. Then you’ll realise why it’s the most successful British children’s resource.
Building on the popularity of Messy Crafts and Messy Church, Messy Christmas title extends the range of all things messy with a particular focus on the Christmas season. The three fully planned sessions give you crafts and interactive community worship for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, as well as more general winter-themed activities to take you on into the New Year.
Lucy Moore is BRF's Messy Church Team Leader, responsible for developing the work of Messy Church nationally and internationally. She also helps to lead Messy Church at her own church.
Jane Leadbetter is part of the BRF Messy Church Team, has worked as a primary school teacher and was Children's Work Advisor in the Diocese of Liverpool for twelve years. She runs L19: Messy Church once a month.
|Page last updated||26th February 2013|
|Author / Artist||Lucy Moore; Jane Leadbetter|
|Publisher||BRF (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||96|